Did you know we have the biggest, number one author event series in the country? Each month the St. Louis County Library Foundation brings bestselling and award-winning authors from a variety of genres to the library, offering readers exclusive opportunities to meet and engage with their favorite writers.
Unless otherwise noted, all events are free and open to the public. Doors open at 6:00 p.m. Seating is limited; early arrival is highly recommended. Books for signing will be available for purchase at the events. For more information, please call 314-994-3300.
As a Pulitzer Prize-winning columnist for the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, Tony Messenger has spent years documenting how poor Americans are convicted of minor crimes and then saddled with exorbitant fines and fees. If they are unable to pay, they are often sent to prison, where they are then charged a pay-to-stay bill, in a cycle that soon creates a mountain of debt. These insidious penalties are used to raise money for broken local and state budgets, often overseen by for-profit companies, and it is one of the central issues of the criminal justice reform movement. In “Profit and Punishment,” Messenger has written a call to arms, exposing an injustice that is agonizing and infuriating in its mundane cruelty.
St. Louis County Library fan-favorite C.J. Box returns with a new thriller in his #1 bestselling series starring Wyoming game warden Joe Pickett. In “Three-Inch Teeth,” Joe faces two different kinds of rampaging beasts—one animal, one human. A rogue grizzly bear has gone on a deadly rampage. At the same time, Dallas Cates is released from prison with a special list tattooed on his skin. He wants revenge on the people who sent him away–and both Nate Romanowski and Joe Pickett are on it.
Drawing on an extraordinary real-life story, bestselling middle grade author Jennifer Nielsen presents an inspiring account of Polish resistance fighters during World War II. 12-year-old Lidia wants to aid the Jewish people held captive in the Warsaw Ghetto. She begins to work as a courier, smuggling weapons and messages for the resistance and soon joins the Polish nationalists’ fight. No matter the consequences, they’re willing to defend their freedom from the Nazi invaders–even with their lives.
Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist David Finkel presents a powerful account of one man navigating the deep divisions in America today. Brent Cummings is an Iraq war veteran, raised to believe in a vision of America that values fairness and respect for others, but now, too often, experiencing the anger and confusion sweeping through his beloved country. David Finkel, known for his unique, in-depth reporting, spent fourteen years deep inside Brent Cummings’s world to create this intimate portrait of a man’s life, community, and quest for connection. “An American Dreamer” illuminates, with the deepest empathy, the feelings and lives of many people in America today.
Bestselling novelists Ariel Lawhon and Katherine Reay discuss their genre-bending historical thrillers! Ariel Lawhon’s “The Frozen River” is a gripping mystery inspired by the life and diary of Martha Ballard, a renowned 18th-century midwife who investigates a shocking murder. Katherine Reay’s “The Berlin Letters” presents an unforgettable tale of the Cold War and a brilliant CIA code breaker attempting to free her father from an East Berlin prison.
If we’re all born naked and the rest is drag, this is RuPaul stripped bare. Pop culture icon and international drag superstar RuPaul invites you to a spiritual awakening to celebrate the release of the highly-anticipated memoir, “The House of Hidden Meanings.” Allow your mind, body, and soul to be enveloped in RuPaul’s lyrically poignant stories on life, love, and finding your voice. During this special event, RuPaul offers fans a manual for living–a personal philosophy that testifies to the value of chosen family, the importance of harnessing what makes you different, and the transformational power of facing yourself fearlessly. Don’t miss the opportunity to hear RuPaul’s extraordinary story as told by RuPaul.